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Hardwood Flooring: the Alternative Wood of Ipe

Posted on January 12th, 2012 In: Articles, Wood Floor Polishing Articles

Most of the hardwood flooring options available for purchase consist of wood species whose names are familiar to consumers.  From maple to oak to hickory, wooden floors are commonly made of recognisable trees.  Even when wooden floors are made of exotic species such as mahogany, the names of the woods involved may be familiar.  Ipe, however, is an example of a hardwood that many consumers have most likely never heard of.  That said, it is an ideal hardwood flooring choice for many situations.

Janka Hardness

Ipe possesses a Janka hardness rating of 3600, which means it is a much denser wood than many that are selected for hardwood flooring purposes.  The Janka scale is a common measure of how hard it is to ding, dent or scratch a given sample of wood.  A Janka hardness of 3600 tells consumers that children and pets can “play rough” on the floor without putting it in any damage of getting marred.

Disadvantages Of Ipe

Although the Janka hardness of ipe does mean that it will easily be able to tolerate multiple instances of floor sanding and polishing, consumers should be aware that ipe could be a challenging choice for other reasons.  It possesses chemicals that can interfere with the ability of wood stains to soak into the surface for an even finish.  For this reason, it is best to have ipe finished professionally rather than attempting to do it yourself.  Ipe is commonly sold in a pre-finished state.

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